All-New 2015 Volkswagen Passat Plug-In Hybrid To Debut This October


Volkswagen has released the first official sketches of the all-new 2015 VW Passat.

The redesigned 2015 Passat sits on VW’s MQB platform and features a sleek new design with a couple-like appearance from the side.

As the sketches show, this Passat is low slung and sleek, though we doubt it’ll appear the same in production form.  However, we rather like the more sporty appearance of the all new Passat.

Let’s move on.

The 2015 Passat is expected to debut this October in production form.  The Passat will initially come with VW’s all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine. That engine will be connected to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and an all-wheel drive system.

As for the plug-in hybrid variant, that’s expected to debut alongside the diesel Passat this Fall.  The plug-in hybrid will come equipped with a 1.4-liter TSI gas engine and a 101 HP electric motor.  Total combined power is listed at 201 HP.  Electric-only range is typical VW/Audi at up to 31 miles (NEDC).

There’s no word on pricing, rollout or availability for the PHEV 2015 Passat at this point in time, but we do expect VW to sell this midsize PHEV in the States, perhaps starting in 2016.

2015 VW Passat Sketch

2015 VW Passat Sketch

2015 VW Passat Sketch

2015 VW Passat Sketch

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10 Comments on "All-New 2015 Volkswagen Passat Plug-In Hybrid To Debut This October"

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it’s the european Passat or the US Passat?.

While not as exciting as the GTE (this is clearly a family-oriented car, not a performance-oriented), the Passat PHEV could be the first PHEV which doesn’t sacrifice the trunk for a battery. The Accord and Fusion PHEVs are great all-around cars, until you open the trunk. This basically rules them out for being a real family car. Even the Volt is similarly limited in cargo space. With the MQB platform, the Passat could take the PHEV market by storm unless the others catch up, and fast.

I’m betting that they are working on these improvements behinds the scenes. VW doesn’t have a PHEV for sale in the US today, so they can more freely talk about future products. The next few years are going to be interesting, and we are very likely reaching a true tipping point in plug-in adoption.

First? What about Volvo V60 PHEV and the Outlander PHEV?

Where are those cars? I suppose they could beat VW to the US, but none of them are here yet.

I guess it wasn’t clear from my initial post that I was talking about first available for sale in the US.

I wish my 20 mile one-ways, this Fall, were only “31 NEDC” miles 😉

Yes, 31 should rather be 50 to allow most comutes to be gasless.

Is this my imagination, or does this design study feel like VW Groups take on a Tesla Model S?

2 YEARS + away for USA customers……

Considering how badly VW sales in the US are doing lately, they could use something like this to shake things up. Sooner rather than later.

If they make this, I will buy it.
I owned a 66 bug, and a 74 VW van. I want to buy VW, but they have lost their way. Please don’t give me the generic sedan design that 14 other car companies use. The 2015 Sonata just committed hari kari.